New York: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has arrived here to represent India at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly and hold several bilateral and multilateral meetings with her global counterparts. She will address the General Assembly on the morning of 29 September.


Swaraj, who arrived here on Saturday, will hold several bilateral and multilateral discussions with her global counterparts as well as with the top UN officials, besides participating in several meetings and discussions throughout the week on the sidelines of the General Assembly session.

“Destination #UNGA73. India’s External Affairs Minister @SushmaSwaraj arrives in New York for High-Level Segment of @UN,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

The General Debate commences on 25 September. World leaders from 193 UN member states will address the global body.

US President Donald Trump will give his second address to the General Assembly on 25 September.

In a tweet, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said “setting the stage for a week of hectic diplomacy! EAM @SushmaSwaraj arrives in New York to attend the 73rd Session of the #UnitedNations General Assembly and participate in several bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral meetings”.

Earlier, following India’s acceptance of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s proposal for a meeting, Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi were slated to meet on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

However, the Indian government called off the meeting, citing the brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” militant Burhan Wani. Qureshi will address the UN General Assembly in the afternoon on 29 September.